Institute of Marine Sciences in Barcelona - CSIC (Spanish National Research Council)
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This dataset contains the habitats map from the SCI (Site of Community Importance) “Sistema de Cañones Submarinos Occidentales del Golfo de León”. The marine area “South-West Gulf of Lions canyons system” is located in the northeastern part of the Iberian Peninsula. The coastline belongs to the Catalan province of Girona, featuring a large number of rocky outcrops with many coves, small beaches, vertical cliffs and islets. Cape Creus is the most notorious element of the landscape, which corresponds to the easternmost part of the Pyrenees Mountains. This small peninsula is characterized by its wildness, and despite its low relief it penetrates into the Mediterranean Sea for more than 10 kilometers.This study was supported by the INDEMARES-LIFE+ Project, EC contract INDEMARES-LIFE+ (07/NAT/E/000732): Inventory and Designation of the Natura 2000 network in marine areas of the Spanish State (www.indemares.es/en). This work was coordinated by the Biodiversity Foundation (www.fundacion-biodiversidad.es). Habitats are classified according to EUNIS nomenclature and the List of Marine Habitats in Spain (LPRE, that it’s classified hierarchically and was completed and published in March 2013). Habitats classification are been simplified owing to the requirements of the EMODnet (European Marine Observation and Data Network) portal for Seabed Habitats.